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ALCOHOL AND TEENAGERS
Small school drinking benefit
Live Science, 30 Sep 2011
Research suggests that teenagers delay drinking alcohol if their network of friends is smaller as occurs in small schools ..

HISTORY
War history kit for students
Tas Govt media release, 30 Sep 2011
A discovery box developed by Tasmania's Friends of Soldiers Memorial Avenue will be available for schools to use in teaching about the involvement of Tasmanians in World War 1 and local military history...

TRADE TRAINING CENTRES
More money for Trade Training Centres
Aust Govt media release, 29 Sep 2011
Disadvantaged schools will receive priority under the next round of Trade Training Centre funding, Federal Minister for School Education Peter Garrett said today...

ASIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
Asian education miracle has costs
SMH, 28 Sep 2011
The Asian education system involves rigorous discipline and single-minded dedication to standardised testing, but the downside is stress and a lack of social experiences...

FINANCIAL LITERACY
School banking pays dividends
The Mercury, 28 Sep 2011
Students' financial skills benefit from seeing and saving actual cash...

TASMANIAN STUDENTS
Formula 1 robotics students praised in Parliament
Michael Ferguson website, 27 Sep 2011
Opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson has tabled in parliament a motion congratulating the students who won a world title in the F1 in Schools program ...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Lost Innocents not in curriculum
The Australian, 26 Sep 2011
The Lost Innocents and Forgotten Australians - children mistreated in care - should have their story included in the history curriculum, a Democrats senator says...

STUDENT ATTENDANCE
War on wagging fought with technology
The Mercury, 26 Sep 2011
Tasmanian schools are using student tracking software, text messages and email in working with parents to tackle student absenteeism...

SOCIAL MEDIA
Teacher-student Facebook ban reversed
Reuters, 23 Sep 2011
A judge has blocked a Missouri law that would have banned teachers from chatting with students on Facebook and other social media sites...

TASMANIAN STUDENTS
Young Archies student portrait competition winners announced
Tas Govt media release, 23 Sep 2011
Winning entrants have been announced in the Young Archies portrait competition for government school students of all grades...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Port Sorell school gets nod
Tas Govt media release, 23 Sep 2011
Construction of a primary school at Port Sorell has been approved...

PRAYER IN SCHOOLS
Stopping prayer leads to hate mail
The Australian, 23 Sep 2011
A school in Perth, WA, has received hate mail after it stopped saying the Lord's Prayer at assemblies....

TEACHERS AND EXPENSES
Tas teachers not claiming expenses to protect school budgets
The Mercury, 23 Sep 2011
Tasmanian teachers are increasingly spending their own money in the course of doing their job...

TASMANIAN STUDENTS
Engineering scholarships for four F1 Challenge students
Tas Govt media release, 22 Sep 2011
Four northern Tasmanian students have been awarded scholarships to study engineering in London after winning the Formula 1 in Schools Technology Challenge world finals....

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Stolen Generation missing from National Curriculum, say Greens
The Australian, 23 Sep 2011
There are too few references to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives for primary school students in the national history curriculum, the National Sorry Day Committee and the Greens say....

HOMEWORK POLICY
Primary school homework an exercise in futility
SMH, 22 Sep 2011
Parents suffer and teachers are wasting valuable time through homework being set for primary school students, argues Andrew Stevenson...

READING SKILLS
Checklist pays off for reading skills
Education Week, 21 Sep 2011
A teacher has found that using a checklist of student decoding skills dramatically benefits poor readers...

MEDIA STUDIES
Top Screen films by students on show
SMH, 21 Sep 2011
Films produced by media students for Top Screen 2011 are being presented by the Sydney Morning Herald...

MUSIC EDUCATION
Classical music tickets for students
Tas Govt media release, 22 Sep 2011
The Tasmanian government is providing 150 free tickets for students to attend the MOFO/TSO classical music sideshow...

TASMANIAN STUDENTS
RoboCup in Hobart
Tas Govt media release, 24 Sep 2011
Hobart is host to the Australian RoboCup Junior Open...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
$41m for online curriculum support
Aust Govt media release, 23 Sep 2011
A $41 million digital curriculum package is designed to help teachers and students implement the Australian Curriculum...

YEAR 12 CERTIFICATION
HSC beats vocational study
SMH, 22 Sep 2011
Students are generally worse off if they undergo certificate training instead of the year 12 HSC, a National Centre for Vocational Education Research report, The Vocational Equivalent to Year 12, shows...

HOMEWORK POLICY
Parents push against traditional homework
SMH, 22 Sep 2011
Parents are exasperated by the time needed for homework, especially where children are involved in extra-curricular activities...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
Choosing school increases cost
The Examiner, 20 Sep 2011
A third of government school students bypass their local school, a School Viability Reference Group discussion paper shows...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
$80m spent for 3,000 lost students
The Mercury, 20 Sep 2011
Almost $80 million has been spent over the last four years on infrastructure for 3,000 students no longer enrolled, a School Viability Reference Group discussion paper states...

SCHOOL CLOSURES
A third shun local school
ABC News, 19 Sep 2011
The complicated enrolment patterns resulting from a high number of out-of-area enrolments are causing unsustainable school building programs in Tasmania...

TEACHERS AND TAX
No sympathy for teachers from Tax Office
SMH, 19 Sep 2011
Teachers are spending money for the individual needs of students they are required to teach but the Tax Office insists this expenditure is "of a private nature"...

TEACHER SALARIES
Reward scheme doomed to failure
SMH, 19 Sep 2011
The Federal government's plan to pay more to the best teachers will fail, just as the idea has in other countries countries, writes Dan Haesler...

TEACHER SALARIES
Vic Treasury pushes for higher paid teachers
The Age, 17 Sep 2011
Victoria's Treasury has urged the premier to boost teacher pay to improve the quality of their education system ...

SCHOOL STARTING AGE
What is the best age to start school at?
SMH, 17 Sep 2011
Deciding how old a child should be before starting school is a difficult decision and appears to depend on the particular child involved ...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Five Tas schools awarded partnership grants
Tas Govt media release, 16 Sep 2011
Lenah Valley Primary, Kingston High, Woodbridge School, Northern Support School and Calvin Christian School have received grants of $25,000 or $50,000 each for community partnerships...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Concerns over implementation plans for National Curriculum
The Age, 12 Sep 2011
The first four subjects of the Australian curriculum English, maths, history and science will be mostly rolled out in all schools by the end of 2013...

EDUCATION BUDGET, NAPLAN
Budget cuts hurting students
Michael Ferguson website, 14 Sep 2011
The latest Budget cuts come on top of the decline in performance by Tasmanian students as shown by the latest NAPLAN results...

NAPLAN RESULTS
Literacy initiatives under way in Tas
The Mercury, 14 Sep 2011
The Education Department is acting to help teachers improve student literacy skills, the Department's secretary, Colin Pettit, said in response to the latest disappointing NAPLAN results....

SOCIAL MEDIA AND LITERACY
TV linked to reduced attention
New York Times (Blogs), 12 Sep 2011
Children have more difficulty paying attention after watching fast-paced television programs such as SpongeBob SquarePants, a study suggests...

SOCIAL MEDIA AND LITERACY
Texting linked to improved literacy
SMH, 12 Sep 2011
University of Tasmania research, albeit using a relatively small sample, has linked children's texting to improved literacy...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Not ready for National Curriculum
The Age, 12 Sep 2011
Concerns have been expressed that teachers are not being prepared adequately for the introduction of the Australian Curriculum...

HEALTH
Southern Tas meningococcal death
Tas Govt media release, 11 Sep 2011
A 21-year-old from the Upper Derwent Valley has died from meningococcal disease...
- Meningococcal disease (Dept of Health website)

MOBILE PHONES
Children unaware of mobile phone apps costs being added
Tas Govt media release, 11 Sep 2011
Children often do not realise that playing games downloaded free onto mobile phones are costing real money on their parents' credit cards, Minister for Consumer Protection Nick McKim said today...

NAPLAN RESULTS
Tassie students lag behind
The Mercury, 10 Sep 2011
The reading, writing and numeracy skills of Tasmanian students have dropped...

NAPLAN RESULTS
Teachers need more support
Michael Ferguson website, 9 Sep 2011
In the light of Tasmania's poor NAPLAN results, opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson says Tasmanian teachers need more support...

NAPLAN RESULTS
Tas NAPLAN results below expectation
Tas Govt media release, 9 Sep 2011
The latest NAPLAN results for Tasmanian schools did not meet expectations despite the hard work of teachers and school leaders, Minister for Education and Skills Nick McKim said today...

NAPLAN TESTING
NAPLAN test change hampers progress reports
Canberra Times, 9 Sep 2011
Changes in the nature of some NAPLAN tests have have compromised the ability of teachers to reports on student progress, an ACT principal says...

NAPLAN RESULTS
90pc meet literacy and numeracy standards
Aust Govt media release, 9 Sep 2011
More than 90 per cent of Australia's students met the minimum standards in the latest NAPLAN tests...
- Download NAPLAN Summary Report 2011 [pdf] - right-click and save if it won't open in your browser

SCHOOL CHAPLAINS
McKim welcomes Garrett's chaplaincy decision
Tas Govt media release, 7 Sep 2011
Education minister Nick McKim has welcomed today's announcement to extend the National School Chaplaincy Program to youth workers...

SCHOOL CHAPLAINS
Chaplain or student welfare worker now
Aust Govt media release, 7 Sep 2011
School communities will be able to choose either a chaplain or a secular student welfare worker from next year, federal Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth Peter Garrett said today...

SCHOOL CHAPLAINS
School chaplaincy program extended to include youth workers
news.com.au, 7 Sep 2011
Schools will be able to choose a youth worker instead of a school chaplain under changes announced today by federal Schools Minister Peter Garrett...

OTHER EDUCATION BUDGETS
900 more teachers in NSW budget
ninemsn, 6 Sep 2011
The NSW budget provides for 900 more teachers...

EDUCATION BUDGET
Minister meets with Public Education Alliance
Tas Govt Media release, 6 Sep 2011
The Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, had a cordial meeting with the Public Education Alliance today...

STUDENT ABSENTEEISM
Tas truancy numbers high
The Examiner, 5 Sep 2011
Last year's unexplained absences averaged five days per student...

FOUR TERM YEAR
Four-term flexibility call from Libs
The Advocate, 5 Sep 2011
The four-term year should be flexible enough to reduce damage to the tourism industry, opposition leader and tourism spokesman Will Hodgman says...

WEB SAFETY
Schools not web safe enough
SMH, 5 Sep 2011
Schools may be teaching web safety but they are not all practising it...

NATIONAL CURRICULUM
Christ removed from National Curriculum
news.com.au, 2 Sep 2011
The new history curriculum will replace the Christianity-related terms BC and AD with BCE (Before Common Era) and CE (Common Era)...

EDUCATION FUNDING
Finland seems to do everything so much better
The Conversation, 3 Sep 2011
The Australian school system would perform better in many, many ways if it followed the example of Finland, argues David Zyngier...

GONSKI FUNDING REVIEW
Private school fees no guarantee of better education
SMH, 3 Sep 2011
It is not a private school's operations that gives its students good results but simply that better schools attract better students, claims one of the reports prepared for the Gonski review of school funding...

FOUR TERM YEAR
Tourism industry seeks term break change
The Mercury, 3 Sep 2011
Tasmania's tourism industry wants the 2013 spring term break to commence on 7 October instead of 30 September...

HANDWRITING IN THE COMPUTER AGE
Computer-gen year 12 students practise handwriting for exams
The Age, 2 Sep 2011
Some Victorian students are putting their keyboards aside to practise handwriting for their three-hour written exams...

SCHOOL FUNDING
Government betraying private schools
Michael Ferguson website, 1 Sep 2011
The state government is breaking the funding formula for Catholic and non-government schools, opposition education spokesman Michael Ferguson says...

LITERACY
Literacy funding found to work
Tas Govt media release, 1 Sep 2011
The Raising the Bar Closing the Gap primary schools literacy initiative has been evaluated in a University report, Advancing Literacy in Tasmanian Primary Schools ...

TASMANIAN SCHOOLS
Huonville High redeveloped
Tas Govt media release, 1 Sep 2011
A $2.3 million redevelopment at Huonville High School has delivered cutting edge facilities for staff and students, Minister for Education and Skills Nick McKim said today ...

MY SCHOOL WEBSITE
OECD praises Gillard and My School
SMH, 1 Sep 2011
Prime Minister Julia Gillard deserves to be recognised for the positive comments made by the OECD about NAPLAN and the My School website, writes Maralyn Parker...

EDUCATION FUNDING POLICY
Competition disadvantages disadvantaged
SMH, 1 Sep 2011
Policies that lead to competition between schools have contributed to a downward spiral in standards at disadvantaged schools, a report says...

EDUCATION FUNDING POLICY
Gonski review suggests funding requirements
The Australian, 1 Sep 2011
Federal school funding should be based on the cost of educating students to a desired standard, a review panel head says.
And the research released implies that non-government schools should enrol struggling students as a funding condition...

EDUCATION FUNDING POLICY
Education reports released
SMH, 1 Sep 2011
FOUR reports into education funding in Australia released yesterday have left almost completely untouched the issue of funding levels for independent schools...

STUDENT BEHAVIOUR
Resources call follows alleged bottle assault
The Advocate, 1 Sep 2011
Shadow education minister Michael Ferguson has said teachers are not getting enough support to address problem behaviours...

 

 

 

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